Jazz

Ten

Jun 30, 2010 By Jeff McCord

Too many jazz pianists have surrendered to the unyielding bulk of the instrument, relying on standards with flourished chording, tranquilly delivered. They fashion themselves heirs to greats like Bill Evans but sometimes end up closer to Liberace. It takes real gumption to push that hunk of wood and wire around.

The Struggle Continues

Jan 1, 2008 By Jeff McCord

The best music has always been made by those who defy easy categorization, as exemplified by not one but two posthumous releases from Texas jazz giants. Fort Worth’s Dewey Redman was a glass-half-empty kind of guy who saw his career accomplishments as merely wins in a long battle—so the…

Same Mother

Jan 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

Like the blues, jazz is steeped in such tradition that players can spend decades finding their own voice. Many never do. Which makes what JASON MORAN has accomplished in just over five years of recording even more remarkable. Same Mother (Blue Note) is simply the latest in a series of—there’s…

Hall of Justice

Jan 1, 2001 By Jeff McCord

Although Texans from Scott Joplin to Jack Teagarden have made noteworthy contributions to the history of jazz, a music form that may be our country's greatest artistic achievement, they are all but forgotten now. It's high time Texas did something about that.

The Rap on Jazz

Nov 1, 1999 By Jeff Salamon

Is there a place in the genre for hip-hop influences? Houston pianist Jason Moran thinks so.

Dorough cut his major-label deal at 73.
My Hero, Dorough

Dec 1, 1998 By Jeff McCord

He jammed with Miles Davis, enlivened Saturday morning children’s TV, and signed his first major-label record deal at 73. Meet jazz giant Bob Dorough.

Jaclyn Smith

Apr 30, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

I’ve danced all my life, and I really thought that I would eventually open a ballet school. It’s a wonderful discipline and a wonderful release. I started dancing when I was three because I loved the pink tutu and the ballet shoes. I got myself involved—it wasn’t anything that my…

Jazzed

Apr 30, 1998 By Jeff McCord

Can yet another independent label survive in today’s rough- and-tumble music business? The young founders of Dallas’ Leaning House Records sure hope so.

CD and Book Reviews

Jul 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs West Texas bluesman Long John Hunter plays even more guitar than usual on Swinging From the Rafters (Alligator), and that’s a lot of guitar. Hunter represents the party-down end of the blues spectrum; he’s gotta poke fun at himself even when he’s ostensibly down-and-out, as on “I’m Broke.”…